CELTIC have paid tribute to Gerry Marsden, singer of the club anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, who has died at the age of 78.
The Gerry and The Pacemakers frontman passed away after suffering an infection in his heart, it was announced yesterday.
The nine-in-a-row champions saluted the legendary performer on social media and also tweeted video of the singer leading 60,000 fans in a rendition of the stirring song before the club’s UEFA Cup match against Liverpool in 2003.
The club wrote on Twitter: “Everyone at #Celtic FC sends their deepest condolences to the family & friends of Gerry Marsden. Gerry’s famous lyrics will live on at Celtic Park forever. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
🟢⚪️ 𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒚’𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 & 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚’𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒍𝒘𝒂𝒚𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆… 💚
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 17, 2020
Liverpool, who also adopted the song as their anthem, wrote: “It is with such great sadness that we hear of Gerry Marsden’s passing.
“Gerry’s words will live on forever with us. You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
In 2006, Marsden had a triple bypass heart surgery before having a second heart operation in 2016.
Gerry is survived by his wife Pauline Marsden and their two daughters Yvette and Victoria.
The legend shot to fame as the leader of the 1960s Merseybeat band Gerry and the Pacemakers and were one of the biggest groups of their generation.
He enjoyed almost 60 years of touring as a musician, releasing hits such as ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’, ‘I’ll Be There’, ‘How Do You Do It?’ and ‘I Like It’.